What else can you do with your pharmacy degree?

Whilst at UniversityDaniel Sutcliffe - 150, I, like many, viewed my career options upon graduation as falling broadly into one of two camps: Hospital or Community. I was vaguely aware of other career paths for pharmacists in different sectors but with industrial pre-registration placements so scarce and with no idea about the other roles for pharmacists I decided to apply for hospital pharmacy. I had no idea that a year later I’d be a qualified pharmacist working primarily in the field of marketing, an area I hadn’t even considered at the time.

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Identifying Management to help build your Faculty portfolio

by Nahim Khan MFRPSI MRPharmS

Management is not just about managing people, it includes your day to day work, meeting objectives in your appraisals or managing processes and projects. To some degree, everyone has some experience in these areas.

The organisation that you work for will have its’ own standard of practice. For example, key performance indicators, such as the target time that medicines reconciliation must be completed. I found that understanding the development descriptors was key to mapping competencies correctly. Read more Identifying Management to help build your Faculty portfolio

Integration across Primary Care – Pharmacists in Care homes and GP Practices

With Graham Stretch MRPharmS

Graham StretchPharmacists are pioneering new models of integrated working across the primary care sector, including work in GP Practices and nursing homes. Increasingly the success of these models is being recognised; it was for this reason that Graham Stretch and team were awarded the 2015 British Medical Journal Primary Care Team of the Year.
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Stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities

david-banford(1)By David Branford, Chief Pharmacist, Derby Hospital


The nation was shocked by the Panorama expose of cruel behaviour to people with a learning disability living at Winterbourne View in Bristol. The subsequent enquiry not only raised many concerns about the care of people with a learning disability but also about the use of antipsychotics and antidepressants.

Subsequent investigations and actions took two paths. The first, a series of studies demonstrated widespread use of many categories of psychotropic drugs often in combinations. In addition there was widespread use of PRN psychotropic drugs. The second was NICE guidelines relating to aspects of treatment of people with a learning disability.
Stopping Over-medication of People with Learning Disabilities (STOMPLD) 2016 is a campaign launched by Alistair Burt today. It aims to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability, by reducing the harm of inappropriate psychotropic drugs which are used as a “chemical restraint” in place of other more appropriate care and treatments. Read more Stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities